Ellen Mueller

Direct Object/Direct Action – ACRE TV

by Ellen Mueller on January 29, 2015, no comments

Practical Preparedness

My Practical Preparedness videos will be featured on ACRE TV’s thematic programing, Direct Object/Direct Action, February 1- March 31, 2015.

ACRE TV is an artist-made livestreaming tele-vision network that features live and canned video, performances, durational works, and experimental broadcasts. ACRE TV was born out of the collaborative spirit of ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions).

From ACRE TV’s call for works: Television creates political bodies because it happens to many people at the same time: we stay informed of our stories, we gather in bars and homes to witness, we cast ballots for our idols all by TV. Directed by television’s innate ability to create publics, and the common usage of livestreaming in contemporary populous movements, ACRE TV will spend February and March 2015 broadcasting moving image work that explores broadcast art and it’s ability to function as a catalyst for moving bodies. Direct Object/Direct Action will air live, canned, episodic, durational and experimental broadcast works that position the stream as an instrument as opposed to a stage, as well as works that address the concept and histories of political direct actions. Leveraging the materiality of the devices and the parameters of livestreaming, examples of programming for Direct Object/Direct Action could include:

-Televised skill shares
-Live video dérives
-Documentaries for broadcast
-Free speech forums
-Audio/Visual compositions for synchronous cellphones
-Call-in shows

THATCamp and CAA and NMC Showcase

by Ellen Mueller on January 27, 2015, no comments

THATCamp banner

I’m going to be attending THATCamp, which happens on the Mon/Tue before CAA in NYC. I’ve never tried an “unconference” before, and I’m looking forward to it!

CAA2015 banner

I’ll also be at the first couple days of the CAA conference, and continuing my service on the Professional Practices Committee. It will be fun to catch up with people I haven’t seen in a while!

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Last, but not least, I’ll be doing a brief presentation on my current 3D printing project as a part of the New Media Caucus Showcase, which is Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 8pm at Hunter MFA Building, 205 Hudson Street. Check it out!

Direct Object/Direct Action

by Ellen Mueller on January 16, 2015, no comments

Object/Direct Action

My Practical Preparedness series will be screened at this exhibition:

Direct Object/Direct Action
February 1 – March 31, 2015*
Threewalls and online at ACRETV.org
Opening Reception: January 23, 2015, 6-9 pm
119 N. Peoria, #2C, Chicago, IL 60607

Direct Object/Direct Action LIVE
February 27, 2015, 7 pm
Threewalls
For more information contact:
tv@acreresidency.org

Television creates political bodies because it happens to large groups of people simultaneously; we learn our stories gathered in bars and homes or virtually together while alone, we cast ballots for our idols all via a transmission from afar. Sharing these spectacular experiences has, for better or worse, made for large populaces more uniformly formed than any that history has seen. Meanwhile, political bodies use contemporary televisual streaming tools to broadcast their own struggles. Directed by television’s innate ability to create publics, and the common usage of livestreaming in contemporary populist movements, ACRE TV will spend February and March 2015* streaming moving image work that explores broadcast art and it’s ability to function as a catalyst for moving bodies. Direct Object/Direct Action will air live, canned, episodic, durational and experimental broadcast works that position the stream as an instrument as opposed to a stage, as well as works that address the concept and histories of political direct actions.

Leveraging the materiality of the devices and the parameters of livestreaming, Direct Object/Direct Action includes a 106-hour durational work by James N. Kienitz Wilkins; episodic shows by The Institute for New Feeling (Scott Andrew, Agnes Bolt & Nina Sarnelle), Ellen Mueller, Leslie Rogers, and Theo Shure; an audio piece by Soheila Azadi; video works by Blair Bogin & Mothergirl (Katy Albert & Sophia Hamilton), Eli Burke, Adam Castle, Thomas Comerford, Jaime Davidovich, Amanda Gutierrez, Bret Hamilton, Annetta Kapon, Adam Knight, Mike Newton, David Politzer, Sunita Prasad, Heath Schultz, and Willy Smart; and a LIVE event in which the stream will operate as a prop/instrument/soundtrack for the night of IRL performances featuring Melina Ausikaitis, Danny Giles, Leslie Rogers, and Neal Vandenbergh.

Programmed by Kera MacKenzie, Jesse Malmed, Andrew Mausert-Mooney and Nick Wylie
Poster Design: Anne Elizabeth Moore

“Persisting” at Illinois Central College

by Ellen Mueller on January 12, 2015, no comments

Erma Series: Line Up, 12"x12", mixed media on paper

Erma Series: Line Up, 12″x12″, mixed media on paper

I have a solo exhibit of drawings from the Erma Series at Illinois Central College. The exhibit is entitled Persisting and will be on view January 14 – February 13, 2015. If you’re in the area, please stop in to check it out.

Illinois Central College
East Peoria Campus
Performing Arts Center Gallery
1 College Drive
East Peoria, IL 61635-0001